Category Archives: Class Items

H20 National Class Championship Starts This Week

Twenty-five Harbor 20s from six fleets coast-to-coast will battle it out for the class championship in Annapolis this coming week.  They’ll sail 10 races from Friday through Sunday on Chesapeake Bay, and swap stories at the Friday dinner and other social events at Annapolis YC.

The dinner isn’t the only chance for sailors to get to know each other.  Annapolis Fleet 5 members are hosting all the out-of-state sailors who wanted to stay in homes, and some Fleet 5 members will be crewing for out-of-staters.  Competitors will also get to mingle in the AYC boatyard, as all boats in the regatta will be brought to the club, hauled out and stored there each night.

Racing starts each day at 11am Eastern. Click here to see the event page including results as they are posted.

Phil Ramser

Phil Ramser, one of the founders of the Harbor 20 Class, passed away peacefully on June 18th. He was surrounded by family – his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Phil was instrumental in establishment the Harbor 20 Class at Newport Harbor Yacht Club and ultimately across the country. Phil had a successful sailing career spanning over 75 years. He will be sorely missed. We all remember his kindness and generosity and his warm salutation “Sea ya!” As information becomes available about services, we will let you know.

Harbor 20 Class Election Results

Here are the results of the election of Harbor 20 Class directors that was held in January.  Class owner-members voted for the following directors:


Fleet 2022 Directors

1 Warren Duncan   Newport Beach

1 Peter Haynes   Newport Beach

1 Ed Kimball   Newport Beach

1 Gary Thorne (President)   Newport Beach

1 Anne Wiese (Treasurer)   Newport Beach

1 Bob Yates (Measurer)   Newport Beach

3 Joe Highsmith   Hilton Head

3 Eric Norman (Assistant Measurer)   Hilton Head

4 Lee Cushman   Santa Barbara

4 Richard Miller  Santa Barbara

5 Tim Adelman  Annapolis

5 Bell Carty  Annapolis

5 Patrick Shannon (Past President)  Annapolis

7 Richard Brown   Smith Mountain Lake, VA

2022 H20 National Class Championship

Attention H20 Class Members!

After two years of COVID derailments, Fleet 5 in Annapolis is excited to announce that the 2022 Harbor 20 Nationals will be held at Annapolis Yacht Club from September 8-11, 2022. Grab that new calendar, open your mobile device, grab your pencil, and start your planning to come to Crabtown for fantastic racing, camaraderie, and social activities for an extended weekend of amazing activities.  Details are being developed and coordinated with the Board and Fleet leaders as we write. We will publish more information later in February along with the Notice of Race shortly thereafter. The plans include a practice day on Thursday, September 8th, and three days of championship racing on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Need a little more enticement to come to NAPTOWN? Download an Annapolis Visitors Guide here:  www.visitannapolis.org/plan/visitor-guide

We look forward to seeing you!

Sincerely,

Margaret Podlich and Patrick Shannon 

2022 Harbor 20 Nationals Co-chairs 

Notice to Members

Posted on behalf of Class President Patrick Shannon.

Fellow Association Members:

As we close out 2019, the Board wants to express our appreciation to all Association members for your unwavering support on and off the water this past year. We had incredible participation at the Fleet level all across the country and at our two annual, national events (Nationals in Newport Beach and East-West in Hilton Head). Bravo Zulu all!

For 2020, we are implementing improvements to the Association’s organizational structure to include an easier, on-line voting process for Directors and transitioning from an unincorporated association to a mutual benefit non-profit corporation. As part of this transition process, the nominations for and election of new Directors will be held in early 2020 versus in December 2019. We continue our focus on achieving a reliable and cost-effective source of supply for boat parts to allow you to continue to sail without any significant down time when you need repairs. Our outside counsel (Blank Rome) continues to protect and defend the Association’s interests in the litigation initiated by W.D. Schock against the Association and the companies with which they contracted to build boats.

We look forward another great year of sailing, racing, learning, and friendship. Our Class exemplifies the very best of Corinthian sailing and your Board and Officers are committed to making sure that the Class continues to grow and thrive for many decades ahead.

Sincerely,

Patrick J. Shannon

Class President and Director

Harbor 20 Class Association

H20 CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP – Registration fee INCREASES after Monday, February 18

Harbor 20 Sailors,

Tomorrow is the last day to register for the 2019 Harbor 20 Class Championships without incurring a late registration fee. This is an event you do not want to miss as it is unlike any Harbor 20 regatta to date. The regatta will include 3 days of exciting racing with a format that includes a flight selection series followed by a two-day championship series. To complement this racing schedule, Newport Harbor Yacht Club will host 4 days of social events, including a Thursday Welcome Reception, and a Saturday dinner with live music in their beautiful new clubhouse. Regatta information can be found on the Notice Board here.

This is the first Class-wide Championship Regatta that that will rotate annually among the Harbor 20 Fleets across the country; the 2020 Class Championships is set to be hosted by Fleet 5 in Annapolis, Maryland.

We have 25 entries to date and expect as many as 40 boats racing. An accurate count of entries is critical to establish the seeding for the qualifying series, and your early entry is very much appreciated. Entry can be made by filling out the entry form no later than February 18th (tomorrow) to avoid the $40 late fee.

If you have any questions, including entry eligibility requirements, please contact Event Chair John Whitney and/or NHYC Race Director Laurel Dinwiddie.

 

John Whitney, Event Chairman

(949) 945-8389

jwhitney25@gmail.com

 

Laurel Dinwiddie, NHYC Race Director

(949) 723-6870

laurel.dinwiddie@nhycstaff.org

2019 HARBOR 20 CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP – Pre-Regatta Information

 

(Click here to download the word document).

 

2019 HARBOR 20 CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Newport Harbor Yacht Club

FRIDAY-Sunday, MARCH 1-3, 2019

Pre-Regatta Information

 

1. ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY

1.1  This regatta will be governed by Harbor 20 Class Association Bylaws, Rules and Specifications.

1.2   Skippers must be members in good standing with their respective yacht clubs and H20 Fleets to be eligible to sail in this event.

1.3   Crew must comply with Harbor 20 Class rules, unless otherwise specified in the forthcoming Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions.

1.4   There is no restriction on the number of boats that may compete in this regatta.

1.5   Each boat must complete each race with one (1) skipper and one (1) crew.

1.6   Eligible boats may enter by completing the online entry form and paying the entry fee (not to exceed $200.00 per boat) by February 18th to avoid a late fee (TBD). All entries must be received by 1700 PST on Monday, February 25th, 2019. The entry fee includes two (2) regatta social tickets. Additional social tickets will be able to be purchased.

 

2. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

  Thursday,

February 28

Friday,

March 1

Saturday,

March 2

Sunday,

March 3

Competitor Check-In 1500-1700 0900-1000 —-
Welcome Reception 1700-1800
Competitors’ Meeting 1045 1100 —-
First Warning 1200 1200 1200
Regatta Dinner @ NHYC 1830 —-
No Races Start After —- —- 1600
Trophy Presentation —- After racing

 

 3. RACING FORMAT

In order to maintain approximately 15 boats on the start line, a qualification series will be  held on Friday to determine flights for racing on Saturday and Sunday. Racing format will be determined based on the number of regatta entrants.

 

4. BOATS

4.1   Harbor 20 boats will be available for use by charter for non-Fleet 1 entrants. Charter fees are expected to be at least $100.00 per day. Charter fees will be the same for every boat. Other charter arrangement details will be provided in the forthcoming Notice of Race. For planning purposes only, please let us know here if you intend to enter and/or charter a boat.

4.2   All boats may be subject to equipment inspections by the official Class Measurer or a delegate to verify compliance with Section III of the Harbor 20 Class Association Bylaws, Rules and Specifications.

4.3   Sails must comply with Class Rules. Non-Fleet 1 entrants may use their own sails provided they have been measured and certified to be Class Bylaws compliant by the Fleet Measurer of the entrant’s fleet. For entrants who do not bring their own sails or do not wish to use the sails that come with a chartered boat, arrangements have been made with Elliot/Pattison Sails and Ullman Sails to provide new, Fleet 1 compliant mainsails and jibs for a rental fee. Details will be forthcoming.

 

5. SUGGESTED LODGING:

 

Ayres Hotel & Suites

Regatta Discount Available

325 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

(888) 724-1575

 

Lido House Hotel

3300 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663

(949) 524-8500

 

Balboa Inn

105 Main St, Newport Beach, 92661

(949) 675-3412

 

Little Inn by the Bay

2627 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663

(800) 438-4466

 

Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel

1800 W Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663

(949) 675-3463

 

 

Save the Date for Class Championships

The 2019 Harbor 20 Class Championship Regatta is scheduled for March 1-3, 2019, to be hosted by the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. The regatta will be open to all Harbor 20 Class Association Owner Members.

We are expecting participation from the all Harbor 20 Fleets. For this Championship, there will be no Divisions (eg: A, B, C). Instead, on Friday will be a series of races to seed entrants into groupings.

Watch for the Notice of Race being posted here in August, along with details regarding boat charters, lodging, parties, etc.

Printed Class Roster

All current Class Members can receive a printed Class Roster at no cost. These rosters are printed once a year and must be ordered before printing. To order your roster, go here.

An online Member Roster is available to members at all times, and is the most current database of Class Members. You can access the online Class Roster through the “Members” menu item.

A downloadable PDF version of the printed Class Roster will be made available to members after the 2016 roster is printed.

If you would like to receive a printed Class Roster, order yours today.

Class Association ByLaws Amended

On August 19, 2015, the Harbor 20 Class Association Board approved changes to the ByLaws that intend to protect the one-design class from variances in manufacturing and boat weight. The new Bylaws can be found on the website under the About the Class menu, under Organization, or click here.  A downloadable PDF can be accessed here.

The relevant changes are in sections III.D.1 and III.D.2.

These new rules will be in effect for the upcoming Class Races:  BCYC Harbor 20 Tune up; NHYC Regatta, and the Class and Fleet 1 Championships on October 3rd & 4th. The waterline templates may be used at random during all upcoming events to verify compliance with new class minimum weight rules.

If you feel your boat may be out of compliance, please contact the Class or Fleet 1 Measurers:  Warren Duncan or Michael Volk.

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